Post by carnation037 on Aug 24, 2002 9:54:27 GMT -6
Please add your Turbo cooker questions and any chat here. Just delete what is in the subject line and put in your subject. Then fill in the message section and submit. I think it will make it easier for everyone to see at a glance what the comment or question concerns. Thank you.
Post by carnation037 on Aug 24, 2002 10:02:55 GMT -6
from wunwabbitwun « Thread started on: 08/21/02 at 7:01pm » <br>----------------------------------------- I have tried quite a few of the recipes in my turbo cooker but with all of them the amount of water recommended is just not enough and I find it burns away in seconds. Does anyone else have this problem. I am also experimenting by cutting the quantity of the recipe down because I am just cooking for myself. Is anyone else trying this too - would appreciate some tips.
Post by carnation037 on Aug 24, 2002 10:04:12 GMT -6
from Nanca36 « Reply #1 on: 08/23/02 at 08:38am » <br> ----------------------------------------------------------------- Hi, again. Don't pay too much attention to the heat levels the directions tell you. Stoves vary in the heat they put out so you have to use trial and error. My stove is just too hot to use the high heat they reccomend so I use moderate high heat with success.
Post by carnation037 on Aug 24, 2002 10:05:13 GMT -6
Temperatures vary on different brands/types of stoves. Also, the age of the stove matters too. I would experiment using a lower setting since you have already said your water disappears fast. I have a newer, electric stove, which takes a little longer to get to the proper temperature than a gas one would. Where as our youngest son now has a newer, gas stove and that cooks really fast as when you set the temperature, it is like "instant". I have to watch myself when I am there helping to cook.
Post by carnation037 on Aug 24, 2002 10:06:02 GMT -6
New Member too, from Nanca36
I Love the Turbo Cooker I have, but it is one of the first ones. I just sent for the new TC500 and ordered the packet of 100 extra recipes with it. I can't wait till it arrives (just ordered it today). The TC is probably one of the best items in my kitchen. I made New York Strip Steaks in it and they turned out almost like I had put them on the gas grill and I had a nice brown, rich gravy to boot. Every thing I have made in it has been great and very tasty. I will admit that the first time I used it for steaks they got too brown on the first side, but I had to learn the heat of my electric stove amd how it affected the cooker. I have had to lower the heat levels. The new one comes with a fine mesh basket along with the other wire basket, but it allows smaller veggies to be cooked without falling through. I would suggest this appliance to everyone as it is just about the only one I use any more. I keep it out on my stove. I will admit it is very large and needs a lot of cupboard space to store it, but if you allow yourself to get used to using it you won't want to put it away. I am going to use the old one to use when camping it's that good.
Post by carnation037 on Aug 24, 2002 10:07:07 GMT -6
I have done french fries in my turbo cooker and the taste is delicious - however, I am still having problems getting the texture right. I use a good brand of fries (Ore Ida) put in TB, with a good 1/2 cup water, valve closed - cook on high. The time seems to vary but I keep a good eye on them. Sometimes I have to add more water but towards the end I am basically browning them - with barely any water at that stage. The taste is wonderful but they still tend to be soggy - anyone got suggestions as to their method.
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:21:21 GMT -6
« Thread started on: 05/05/02 at 6:49pm » <br> Hi Everyone!,
Well my new toy is proving to be quite fun... Tried to make meat loaf last night, and learned some fast lessons... Like what I think is HIGH HEAT scorched the living daylights out of one side of my poor meat loaves... (You start with no liquids, but I think my ground turkey instead of hamburger made a big difference in the lack of grease!) Quickly decided to use common sense, and learn first before I killed off my whole meal... Slower cooking with more liquids definitely saved my loaves... And I had doubled the recipe due to taking out two packages of ground up turkey, and then not using them as I should have. So needed to cook them NOW... Turned out to be 3 pans full to do, but it really didn't take that much time. All in all, it worked out nicely and I am happy so far. Have spent the day learning about the ins and outs of my new toy... Was wondering if there is enough interest to start a subject on this, or not Or even just hints & tips Well, off I go to try a cake... I 'think' I know how to do it now! My Best, Baking Bud
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:24:04 GMT -6
Re: Newbie with a Turbo Cooker! Want to chat??? « Reply #2 on: 05/06/02 at 12:08am » <br> Hi Robyn! It is the way to cook with little or no oil in a steam/frying system. One BIG pan, of which you can cook the main dish on the bottom, and veggies, cake on the top rack. The informercial has been on TV for over 1-1/2 years! Claims you can go from frozen to finished in less than 15 minutes. I've spent my day reading posts about it> like 4,210 so far. I am about blind! You can go to www.turbocooker.com and see this gem for yourself... My Best, Baking Bud
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:24:55 GMT -6
Re: Newbie with a Turbo Cooker! Want to chat??? « Reply #3 on: 05/06/02 at 11:52am » <br> Oh Okay. I have seen that infomercial. I wondered if it actually worked. So, How did the cake turn out? I have bought different kitchen gadgets and I always seem to use them for a little while and then they end up in the back of the shelf never to come out again. Well Good Luck with your new "toy".
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:25:49 GMT -6
Re: Newbie with a Turbo Cooker! Want to chat??? « Reply #4 on: 05/06/02 at 3:02pm » <br> Hi Again Robyn!, Well, it came out OK... I still like the regular baking texture better, but I'm sure this takes some practice... Others on the bb talking about it SWEAR they'll never do it any other way again! I could probably have a 'sale' with all of my infomercial items that didn't do what they say... My hubby still likes to tease me with my 'VEGGIE Cutter' one, that was suppose to be able to dice, slice, chop, and build a house on the side! I just HAD to have that one! But I've watched this one for a year and a 1/2, and saw it for a good price at Walmarts... Decided, to jump in and give it a go. My meatloaves came out good, once I figured out not to do it on what was said to be HIGH HEAT... Scorched mine, so I learned a lesson... My turkey needs liquid, as there was no grease from it to cook the meat in... It was easy to do it in the TC, and the clean up was a cinch too... Just warm soapy water, and back on the stove it went. If I can master what it says it can do, then making a meal for my family would be much easier. One pot, and ALL gets done in it. Even down to your dessert... After reading so many others messages about what they did right or wrong, I feel a bit more confident to avoid some of the pitfalls... I think some may get too into REALLY high heat cooking, and then some of the pastas, etc., just don't get cooked right... Only time will tell if I can tame this critter! I hope I can, as I am sick of X amount of different pots to do one meal! I did also go out though and buy a Black and Decker Steamer, as I saw that part as a problem for many. If your steam doesn't get going HIGH enough, then many of the people were saying their veggies aren't cooked. I saw this 'steamer' as a good counterpart to the TC. I can save the upper rack then for desserts or easily steamable items... So onward I go in trying to widdle down the effort that it takes to cook... And I'd love to eliminate the clutter of all of my pots and pans. If the TC does what it says it can do, then this will be a mission I can accomplish! At least this BIG BOY can't end up at the back of one of my shelves! QUITE an impressive size! Always My Best, Baking Bud
PS... It is Chicken Enchiladas Exquisitas tonight!
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:26:41 GMT -6
Re: Newbie with a Turbo Cooker! Want to chat??? « Reply #5 on: 05/07/02 at 2:59pm » <br> I, too, have a Turbo Cooker and am a novice with it. I have used it several times, mostly making recipes from the cards included with it, and have been very happy with it so far. I have a glass top range and have since heard that they recommend not using it on a glass top range because of potential damage. It has not done any damage to my range thus far; I just make sure, as I do with my regular cookware, that I do not "drag" it across the top of the range, so it won't scratch it. Have you heard anything like that?
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:27:35 GMT -6
Re: Newbie with a Turbo Cooker! Want to chat??? « Reply #6 on: 05/07/02 at 3:43pm » <br> Hi Jolene!, YES, I have heard the warning about not using a TC on a glass top stove... Before using it again, PLEASE go to the yahoo site, and join the turbo cooker bb... There are over 6,000 PLUS notes on it, and the answer will be there for you... Also Chef Randall and Kathy Mitchell (the woman doing the infomercial), are on there answering questions too... Because I don't have a glass top stove, I really didn't read those posts... After reading about 4,000 plus of the notes, I was about blind so got picky which ones to read! I wonder if it might be the HIGH HEAT required on a lot of the dishes, that might cause the damage to your stove I've learned NOT to get carried away with HIGH HEAT. Made a cake last night from a 'created' recipe by one of the members. OK, except the bottom had some watery strawberry residue left... It was an easy one too> just angel food cake with 15 oz. of unsweetened strawberries... That was it. Mix, and do like the instructions for the other cake recipe. Was nice and soft, and taste good too. Just a bit disconcerting the liquid at the bottom! Oh well... BIG learning curve with this new toy... DO READ quickly about this warning, as messing up your stove for any faster way to cook wouldn't be worth it... Let me know what you find out, or leave me a private email on here! Always My Best, Baking Bud PS... I also read that a lot of people were having problems with their handles coming apart. Hope they got the bugs out of that problem before I got mine! Since we all belonged to Nancy's bb before on Yahoo, you should already have set up a membership for that... But if not, try the link above...!
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:28:25 GMT -6
Re: Newbie with a Turbo Cooker! Want to chat??? « Reply #7 on: 05/12/02 at 7:43pm » <br> Dear Baking Bud: It took my eons to get logged into this board, but hopefully I will be here now. The Yahoo Group thing is a mess, I tried to get on the turbo cooker link you provided but didn't see it, and couldn't log in anyway because I forgot my password or whatever, and can't get it from yahoo, I just keep going around in circles, very frustrating! Anyway, I am mulling around getting a turbo cooker and I reading your posts and the others with great interest! I love gadgets, that is what I love Pampered Chef. I see the TC was on sale at Target I think, for $59. Sometimes it is on sale at Kohl's for that price also. Please keep posting your news regarding TC so I can make up my mind. If it works I would get my daughter one also, she has little time to cook and this would be a real help if it works. Thanks from Loolie in Wis.
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:29:24 GMT -6
Re: Newbie with a Turbo Cooker! Want to chat??? « Reply #8 on: 05/12/02 at 8:20pm » <br>Hi Loolie!, Nice to meet you! I got my TC at Walmarts for $32.48, so jump over there instead! Big savings! And it is the original, as seen on TV one. Not an imposter, which you need to be careful about getting... I had been looking at them for 1-1/2 years, since the first infomercial came on. But I kept saying, I will wait and see if they really work... Well, for $32.48, figured I could give it a go anyway, even if it ended up on a shelf in my garage... I have only made 2 things so far. And it was easy! I need to get myself in gear for really using it, but when I made the enchilada recipe that comes with it my tortillas were TOO LONG... So, I filled up a casserole dish instead, and did the regular oven routine... But I will keep posting! When you clicked on my link, it didn't take you right to where you can read the posts? ie, the little boxes half way down, with the months & years? Run your mouse over the date and see if the little hand doesn't show. If so, click on it and see if the posts come up... I get frustrated on that site too, but a nice woman has been helping me around... And I forgot who I was too, but luckily I've taken to writing down 'my identity' on my calendar. Found it on a month LAST YEAR, so finally was able to log on... Start writing down your IDENTITY! Keep watching for updates! In the meantime, I know you will love Nancy's site! User friendly, and people friendly !!! Always My Best, Baking Bud
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:30:20 GMT -6
Re: Newbie with a Turbo Cooker! Want to chat??? « Reply #9 on: 05/12/02 at 10:29pm » <br> Dear Baking Buddy: Thanks for the info regarding Wal-Mart. I didn't even see them there. We just had a Wal-Mart Super Center open in a nearby town ( we don't have one at all in the town I live in), and I was busy checking out the new grocery part. When I get back there I will check it out. I can raid my change jar to buy myself a treat! I am interested in the quick cooking abilities of the TC because many times I come home from work not having planned anything to cook and not having thawed any meat. I wonder if it pertains to frozen ground beef, round steak, a small beef roast, etc. (I haven't seen that infomercial in a long time now). I got an e-mail from yahoo groups with my id number or whatever they call it. It's some strange combination of numbers and letters, which I have never seen before, so hopefully I can access the sites now. I am kind of new at this, I surf the net but getting all these passwords and id's is boggling.
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:35:53 GMT -6
WOW! We have our own topic! « Thread started on: 05/13/02 at 6:29pm » <br> Hey Jolene and Loolie!, We have our own topic created for us to share now, so hope we all figure out how to tame our critters and learn to make wonderful recipes in them... (Hurry up and get your's Loolie! We'll be needing your help here!) I will start posting some of the hints and tips that I've found so far, from the more experienced TC cooks... I did get some feedback on what might have gone wrong with my strawberry angel food cake, so I'll post how to make that correction when adding fruit to a cake mix... More later... Just got a call from my son that my car broke down... I REALLY didn't need this today. It is SO HOT all of a sudden, I just wanted to stay in the cool house and be happy. Now I'm not... Hope we have fun learning together! Always My Best, Baking Bud
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:36:46 GMT -6
Re: WOW! We have our own topic! « Reply #1 on: 05/20/02 at 8:13pm » <br> Dear Buddy - It is cool that we have our own topic. I sure can't nagivate that yahoo groups thing. I can't even get the smiley faces down on my post. Anyhoo, you mentioned you got yours at Wal-Mart for $32 something. What Wal-Mart did you find it in? I am in Northern Wisconsin and the one WM I looked at didn't even carry turbos. I will look in another town this weekend at a Super Wal-Mart. I did get on their webside and they listed the price at $59. I am not that much of a penny pincher, but if I can get it for $25 or so less, I will go for it. I am really psyched about a new toy like that so I will certainly read and participate in all posts. I am glad to hear it's warm where you are. Yesterday I had snow flurries, every night it gets down in the 20's so we have to babysit our plants. Supposed to warm up this week. Just in time for the Memorial Day craft shows!
Post by carnation037 on Aug 26, 2002 23:37:57 GMT -6
Re: WOW! We have our own topic! « Reply #2 on: 05/20/02 at 10:20pm » <br> Hi Loolie!, I am in So. Ca., and got mine at a regular Walmart store (not the super kind)... Let your fingers do the walking first, and CALL the various stores around you... Someone will have a better price! My son wanted top ramen soup the other day, and since I put away the other pans I decided to use my TC... Worked nicely, easy to pour from, and the clean up so far has been easy... I am being VERY CAREFUL not to burn mine, as that seems to have given others some grief. When you do get yours, DO add liquids and make sure your meats have some 'grease' basis. I'm sure that is why I burned my first meat loaves, as I use ground turkey which has little grease. Had I used hamburger, I think it would have lubricated up the bottom of the pan more easily... When I saw I was burning mine, I QUICKLY added some tomato sauce under the meat bundles... Then they were fine! Post when you get yours! PS... To get a smiley to appear out by the recipe name, click on the MESSAGE ICON unit right below where you post your subject... Click the grey square with the little arrow down, and a whole bunch of different ones will pop UP to pick from... NOW, if you want one in the body of your note, you just go to the ADD SMILEYS: which is right above where you type out your note by the word MESSAGE: Then you select the one that you want to fit into your text, and click on it... It will automatically be placed at the spot that you pick in your text > 8) Pretty neat I'd say! Have fun with it! Always My Best, Baking Bud
Post by carnation037 on Sept 17, 2002 13:46:41 GMT -6
Re: frozen chicken in curried honey chicken pasta ? from catlady4 « Reply #52 on: 09/16/02 at 8:15pm » <br>Hi, I was just wanting to know if you could use frozen chicken breast in the recipe Curried Honey Chicken +Pasta
Re: frozen chicken in curried honey chicken pasta « Reply #53 on: 09/17/02 at 3:06pm » <br>Yes, you can use frozen, it will just take more time...maybe a little more water too....just keep checking it until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.
Hi, I also am a newbee to a turbo cooker. It was given to me by a friend with no recipes. I have been lucky to find this site and have a lot of good sounding recipes to try!! But my problem is that although I have found out how to steam veges and how to cook whole meals I do not know how to use it as a fryer or have any of the simple starter recipes like how to fry chicken or french fries etc. Does anyone have the time to help me out with them? Thanks
Post by carnation037 on Oct 13, 2002 12:01:23 GMT -6
Welcome to the board and I am glad you like the recipes.
I will check my cards to see what it says and post it as soon as I can. As for the starter recipes, we are unable to post those due to copy righting. Also, you could send me a personal mail ...just click on the mail icon and you can send me a personal mail and that way I may be able to help you better. Have a great day.
Post by carnation037 on Oct 13, 2002 16:47:32 GMT -6
There is a use and cooking guide listed on the yahoo turbo website. You can download a copy of that IF you become a member. You cannot read or post any messages in there unless you are a member... If I am not mistaken, some of the new recipes the turbo people have come out with are some that the members had previously posted on the site; so if you got the recipe from there before the turbo people revamped it for thier recipe cards, it should be ok to copy the orignal recipes. Some are a bit vague with the directions, but that is whay I have re formatted what I have posted here. I just know you cannot copy or reproduce the Turbo recipes themselves, as they are copyrighted.
Post by carnation037 on Oct 25, 2002 13:17:05 GMT -6
re: printing turbo/quick cooker recipes from this board.
First you have to decide if you want to print all the recipes altogether on 1 large list, or if you want to print the recipes by themselves, (individually).
An easy way to copy all the recipes: Click reply and it will bring up the post a reply message screen. If you look down at the bottom of the screen, all the posts are there with all the recipes. Copy and paste the list into a new mail and then just mail it to yourself. This will give you all the extra stuff like who posted and when, but it will give you the whole list.
Or you may want them separated, individually, as I like mine.
For printing the recipes, individually: while on the All Easy Cookin message that you want highlight the individual recipe then go to your upper left hand corner of your screen click file a box will come up click print this brings up your printer's box down in the middle of that box is a section "print range" click on "selection", then click ok it will print out what you have highlighted. (plus at the top of the paper will be where you got it from, and at the bottom of the paper will be the url for that recipe). But other than that, you will have one recipe alone.
Post by NancyRogers on Oct 25, 2002 18:42:04 GMT -6
There is a print at the top of the message screen as well. If you click on it there will be a new screen that comes up. You can highlight one or all the recipes and then click on print. When the print screen comes up on your computer just change the option from all to selection. All that will print are the recipe(s) you have highlighted.
Another way is to cut and past the recipes from the board to a word processor and then print it out.